And wowzers, the omnipresent Bryce Haymond, one-man mob for the OMID faction, responds to "mogget" too!
A few comments, Mogs. We do not “wish to see a FARMS-style apologetic presence at the Maxwell Institute.” We want to see FARMS live on, but that will not necessarily be at the Institute. It may well be re-grouped as an independent organization once again.
Why can’t members talk to General Authorities? Since General Authorities (i.e. President Hinckley) were involved in the merge of FARMS with BYU, they should at least be aware of its demise, and of those who are concerned about its future. We’re not suggesting people horde the Brethren, or harass them like paparazzi. We’re suggesting they talk to them about it, if they have personal acquaintances, as you note through “love and wisdom,” so they know what’s going on.
Armchair bloggers are not sufficient for apologetic response in the Church. As Elder Packer has well noted, bloggers can do a tremendous work for the good of the Church on the Internet, but I do not think they are well-equipped to address the sophisticated claims and attacks by many of the Church’s most sly detractors and their organizations. What about them?
Something tells me that Bryce would provide an apologetic for MI in response to every last one of its non-fans if he had the time. I am certain he has the energy and enthusiasm.